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What is the Paralympics really about?

It’s what happens around and after the Games that really matters. chrisdonia

It’s not about gold medals, it’s not about prosthetic designs: it’s the legacies that remain. The IPC’s charter say the broad area of legacies are:

  1. accessible infrastructure
  2. development of disability sport
  3. attitudinal change regarding disability
  4. “opportunities for people with a disability to become fully integrated … and to reach their full potential in aspects of life beyond sports”.

It is what happens in the “gaps” between the Games regarding attitudes, opportunity and inclusion that ultimately counts.

If the IPC can achieve these through events such as the Paralympics, then that would be fantastic!